After "Search Committee," the show was in a position to elevate Jim Halpert as someone finally recognizing (a) now that he and Pam have a kid, Scranton is their life; and (b) no one else can do a good a job of running that branch as he can. And I don't think the show needed to have an incompetent boss in order to succeed creatively; the cast is rich enough that Jim can remain the sane one sorting out the madness swirling around him.
Instead, they went from James
added: Via Twitter, between Matt, Isaac, and Randy, we can add: the Doumanian season of SNL; Landry and Tyra kill a dude; and the Kalinda & Nick stuff from TGW. And more.